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Duterte orders DENR to clean up Boracay in 6 months

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) — The President has ordered Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to clean up the tourist destination Boracay in six months.

"I told Cimatu, Cimatu is a general, he was assigned here. 'I'll give you six months. Clean the g***** thing,'" President Rodrigo Duterte said at the Manila Times Business Forum in Davao City Friday. 

He also threatened to shut down the island because of pollution.

"I will close Boracay. Boracay is a cesspool," he said. "You go into the water, it's smelly. Smell of what? Shit." 

The Malay Municipal Tourism Office said the island saw over two million visitors from January to December 2017, a 16-percent increase from the number of tourist arrivals in 2016.

But Duterte said Boracay will lose the influx of visitors.

"There will be a time that no more foreigner will go there because he will have — when he goes back to the plane to where he belongs, he will be full of shit going back and forth to the restroom," He said.

In 2017, Chinese visitors frequented Boracay most with 375,284 nationals visiting the island. They are followed by Koreans and Taiwanese nationals.

Cimatu previously instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) field offices which hold jurisdiction over Boracay to inspect the sewer facilities of the island businesses, after reports that many of them were not connected to Boracay's sewer system.

Other reports claim businesses throw wastewater into the sea, which further pollutes it.

"We need a serious and honest-to-goodness crackdown on these erring establishments that are contributing to water pollution in Boracay," Cimatu said in a press statement on Tuesday.

The DENR Chief said they are coordinating with the Department of Tourism to identify establishments violating the law. 

Under the DENR's procedures, a notice of violation will be issued against violators. The establishment will then be given one or two months to address their violations.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/02/10/duterte-DENR-clean-up-boracay-6-months.html

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Headshot

He should look much further than Boracay. Untreated sewage is the biggest problem the Philippines faces. Every house has a septic tank, and the effluent drains into the storm drains (if there are any), which flow into the sea. Worse yet, when septic tanks are cleaned, the sludge is dumped into the streams and rivers, so that also flows into the sea. There are very few sewage collection and treatment systems in the Philippines, and most of them are operated by private businesses rather than by the government.

So, if he wants to fix the problem, he needs to deal with it everywhere. The government needs to install sewer lines to all homes and businesses in the cities, towns and villages, and build real sewage treatment plants in every city, town and village in the country. Otherwise, this is just hot air.

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A_Simple_Man
24 minutes ago, Headshot said:

this is just hot air.

Sums it up nicely

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RogerDat

It took the city over a year to dig a trench from the old bridge, to past Doctors Hospital, and almost broke the city due to Mactain being made of Mactan stone. I cannot imagine if we had a U S style sewer system.

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Bama

I read somewhere that the PI's largest sewer system is the islands rivers and streams.

In the barrios I regular saw kids swimming, people bathing,and even wives washing up chicken/fish for dinner in these foul streams. In my wives barrio we installed a hand operated well pump to help people avoid coming down with schisto. The pump sits unused most of the time---its easier to just go to the rivers edge for water as before than pump away at the well.

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musicman666

My local river that passes nearby will during the small hours smell like a sewer ....it’s so obvious that somebody is dumping sewage upstream hoping that everyone that might complain is asleep.

Here is another interesting fact that isn’t widely known ...this raw sewage is like power food for mosquitos ... so dengue deaths could be indirectly attributed to this practice...but the authorities obviously haven’t made that connection.

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rep1

He's micromanaging things again... Can't the provincial governor do that himself?

Better push the federalism through and let those adult babies do everything on their own.

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Bama

Didn't Duterte say this late last fall:

“I'll give you until the end of the month or until the end of the year. Comply because come January 1, if I see an unregistered jeepney, old ones, I will have it towed in front of you. If you want disarray, I have lots of policemen,” he added. "

If he couldn't fix the jeepney problem in Manila by his self imposed deadline how is he going to ensure that Boracay is cleaned up in 6 months? Short answer--he's not.

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